Spotlight on Irvine

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Irvine town centre

Set to be Glasgow’s ‘Brighton’, Irvine was recently named the most improved place in Scotland, a drive that North Ayrshire Council and local community partnerships are working together on to provide the Irvine Vision.

As the last of the five ‘New Towns’ Irvine was already quite sizeable and had been a Royal Burgh since 1372, unlike most new towns that were built from nothing or stripped of any history, Irvine has managed to combine the old and the new successfully, not losing its eloquent history and yet merging the new and vibrant style.

Sitting on the coast of the Firth of Clyde, Irvine boasts of being home to old and new celebrities where Robert Burns, Scotland’s foremost poet, spent a year working and living there and the current First Minister being born there.

In celebration of Mary Queen of Scots, rumoured to have stayed at Seagate Castle, an annual festival known as Marymass is held throughout the town.

From the beautiful sandy beaches of the coast to the cobbled streets and the new modern shopping centre, Irvine offers something for everyone with an eclectic mix of restaurants, independent stores and major retailers to the nautical history of the Scottish Maritime Museum, beautiful green open spaces of Eglington Country Park with excellent walks and cycling routes.

Irvine is well connected with excellent road links, Glasgow just 35 minutes on the train and Ayr only 20 minutes away. You’ll also find Prestwick Airport just 15 minutes away.

This up and coming town with lots to offer and immense vision for the future is an excellent location for family living and well worth a visit.

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